Is Vomit Considered A Biohazard?

Is vomit considered a biohazard? Though a common occurrence, this bodily fluid can be a hazardous risk for you and your family. Whether it comes from a family member, friend, or stranger, it’s important to know whether or not it’s safe to clean this mess yourself or if you’ll need the help of a bioremediation specialist.

Key Elements of Biohazardous Vomit

In general, vomit is considered to be a biohazard. It is the bodily ejection of stomach matter as a result of bacteria from an illness or external influences (e.g. motion sickness). It is especially a problem when blood is found in it.

Bloody vomit can be caused by a number of reasons, including serious gastrointestinal problems. Even if blood is not visibly noticeable, vomit itself can carry a number of potential diseases within it.

Even if the vomit came from someone you know well, you (or even they) may be unaware of potential diseases they may carry. One in 24 people carry HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, it’s important to make sure you and your family are safe.

What to Do When Vomit Becomes a Biohazard

If someone in your home or work vomits, it’s important to take every precaution to ensure the safety of you and those around you. No matter how much vomit there is, or whether or not there’s blood, it’s important that you do not clean it yourself.

If you must come in contact with it, equip yourself with proper personal protective gear, including gloves, clothing, face mask, and eye wear. Otherwise, call in a bioremediation specialist like Aftermath.

Aftermath is the leading professional company specializing in containing biohazardous waste and remediating a site to a livable condition. Our “3 R’s” of biohazard and blood cleanup indicate the level of care and professionalism we take with potential risks for the public’s health.

Vomit is considered a biohazard, so if you find yourself in a situation where vomit is present, contact us at (877) 872-4339. We are available to remediate sites affected by biohazardous materials to keep you and your family safe. Contact us today.

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Sources:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/vomiting-blood/basics/causes/sym-20050732
http://www.une.edu/sites/default/files/Vomit-Poster.pdf

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